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Yermiyah/Jeremiah 31:1 - 19

Chapter 31

1 So said Hashem - It has found favor in the wilderness, this people that survived the sword; as I lead Israel to its tranquility.  2 From afar Hashem appears to me [saying] - "I have loved you with an eternal love, therefore I have extended kindness to you.  3 I shall yet rebuild you and you will be rebuilt as the maiden of Israel; you will yet adorn yourself with drums and go forth in the dance of celebrants.  4 You will yet plant vineyards in the mountains of Samaria; the planters will plant and redeem.  5 For there will be a day when the watchman will call out on Mount Ephraim, 'Arise — let us ascend to Zion, to Hashem, our God.'"

6 For so said Hashem - To Jacob — sing with gladness, exult on the peaks of the nations; make heard, laud, and say, "O Hashem, save Your people, the remnant of Israel."  7 Behold, I will bring them from the northern land and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them will be the blind and the lame, pregnant and birthing mothers together; a great congregation will return here.  8 With weeping they will come and through supplications I will bring them, I will guide them by streams of water, on a direct path on which they will not stumble; for I have been like a father to Israel, and Ephraim will have been My firstborn.

9 Hear the word of Hashem, O nations and relate it in distant islands, and say, "The One Who scattered Israel, He shall gather them in, and guard them as a shepherd does his flock."  10 For Hashem will have redeemed Jacob and delivered him from a power mightier than he.  11 They shall come and sing joyously on the height of Zion, and they shall stream to Hashem's goodness, by the grain, by the wine, and by the oil, and by the young sheep and cattle; then their soul shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall no more agonize.  12 Then the maiden shall rejoice in the dance, and young boys and old men will join together; I shall transform their mourning to joy and I shall comfort them and gladden them in place of their grief.  13 I shall satisfy the desire of the Kohanim with fatness; and My people, they will be sated with My goodness — the words of Hashem.

14 So said Hashem - A voice was heard on high — wailing, bitter weeping — Rachel weeps for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children, for they are gone.

15 So said Hashem - Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your accomplishment — the words of Hashem — and they shall return from the enemy's land.  16 There is hope for you ultimately — the words of Hashem — and your children shall return to their border.  17 I have indeed heard Ephraim moaning, "You have chastised me and I have accepted chastisement; I was like an untrained calf; call me to return and I shall return, for You are Hashem, my God.  18 For after repenting, I regretted; and after being made to know, I slapped my thigh [in anguish]; I was outwardly ashamed and inwardly humiliated, for I bore the disgrace of my youth."  19 Is Ephraim My most precious son or a delightful child that whenever I speak of him I remember him more and more? Therefore My inner self yearns for him, I will surely take pity on him — the words of Hashem.


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